Ukraine and Japan have agreed to cooperate in the field of digital transformation - Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine, Ministry of Digitalization of Japan have signed a trilateral memorandum for the first time. This is the beginning of a powerful digital cooperation between the countries.
The document was signed at an online meeting between Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation, Education, Science and Technology Development and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, and Taro Kono, Minister of Digital Transformation of Japan, during the working visit of Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation Valeria Ionan to Tokyo.
"The Japanese government is now focused on improving public services. That is why Digital Agency was established there a year and a half ago. In Ukraine, this process has been going on for more than 3 years - we are building the most convenient digital state, launching new online services even despite the challenges of war. I believe that Japanese-Ukrainian relations have great potential, as the exchange of digital cases between our countries will be beneficial to both sides," said Mykhailo Fedorov.
As part of the memorandum, Japan will help Ukraine develop innovations and strengthen cyber defense. Today, Ukraine is confronting the enemy not only on the frontline but also in cyberspace. Japan's technological solutions will help strengthen Ukraine's digital borders and protect the information systems of critical infrastructure facilities. The ministers also agreed to exchange best practices in the development of the IT industry and e-government.
Valeria Ionan met with Toshiyuki Zamma, Head of International Strategy at Digital Agency, whose team is working on the implementation of My Number Card, a plastic document with a chip that allows for quick verification of identity when receiving public services, paying taxes online and opening bank accounts. My Number Card is already used by more than 96 million people, which is 76% of the country's population.
"Japan is now actively implementing innovative solutions at the state level. Ukraine already has a unique experience and digital solutions tested in a full-scale war. We are ready to share the best cases. In particular, the experience of introducing digital documents, reengineering public services and launching them in Diia. This will be another area of Ukrainian-Japanese cooperation," said Valeria Ionan.
Ukraine is ready to share its experience and best digital practices with its Japanese colleagues. This includes the experience of building a unified and efficient e-government system: the mobile first approach, the experience of quickly launching online services, developing e-government and implementing digital innovations at the state level.